We understand how difficult moving to a new country can be. Whether you are a coming to the UK for employment, study, or to join family members, getting the right immigration advice for your situation is critical. It’s important to know what options are available to you and what steps you will need to take to ensure the best outcome.
We are dedicated to achieving successful results for all our immigration clients. We provide clear strategic advice on every aspect of your case and have a detailed understanding of the choices available to you. Whether your immigration or citizenship matter is straightforward or complex we are ready to help.
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Expert Advice and Support
At Machins, we take the time to get to know you, your individual case and your specific circumstances. Our specialist team has expertise across all aspects of UK immigration law and knows all the relevant procedures, policies and criteria you will need to follow.
If you need advice on making a visa application or have questions on aspects of settlement, citizenship or appeals, our highly experienced team can provide the right legal guidance and support.
We understand that every situation is unique. We will do our best to assist you from the moment we receive your instructions until your matter concludes. We will also ensure that you are kept up to date with the progress of your matter. Whilst we are instructed we will guarantee that your matter progresses as smoothly as possible. We always will be available to deal with any queries you may have until your matter is concluded.
Why use Machins?
We pride ourselves on our outstanding quality of service and attention to detail. We are committed to providing you with advice that is honest, clear and straightforward.
We remain competitive and transparent when it comes to our fees. As a full services law firm you also will benefit from our in-house network of private client, property, employment and family lawyers if you need legal help in other areas.
Individual Immigration Legal Services
The Skilled Worker Immigration category is for people who intend to work in the UK. On 1st December 2020 the Skilled Worker Immigration category replaced the Tier 2 (General) category.
The Skilled Worker immigration route can be used by immigrants who are outside the UK or migrants who are already lawfully in the UK. People who have secured a job offer will in many cases have to apply for a Skilled Worker Visa.
Sportsperson Visa (T2) is for elite sportspersons and qualified coaches considered to be at the highest level of their chosen sport who are sponsored on long term contracts by a UK sporting governing body.
The T2 Minister of Religion is an Immigration category for ministers of religion, missionaries and members of a religious order intending to carry out Pastoral Work or Missionary work and other work carried out by the Clergy.
Pastors, Priests, Nuns, Rabbis and Iman may therefore apply for T2 Minister of Religion visas from abroad. Initial applications and extension applications can also be made in the UK for T2 Minister of Religion leave.
The T5 Temporary Workers Immigration category is for people who wish to work in the UK doing temporary work for short periods of time, ranging for a few months to 12 months at a time.
In certain sub – categories permission to remain can be given for longer periods of time. This Immigration route does not in most cases lead to Settlement or Indefinite Leave to Remain.
The Global Talent visa replaced the Tier 1 (Exception Talent) visa category in February 2020.
This visa is for persons who are considered to have exceptional talent or have demonstrated exceptional Promise in the Arts and Culture, Architecture, Fashion Design, Film and Television, Digital Technology and Science, engineering, humanities and medicine fields.
The Health and Care Worker Visa Immigration visa is for persons who are medical professionals, including doctors, nurses, social care workers and other health professionals.
Persons intending to visit the UK for short periods of time, usually for no more than 6 months, can apply for a Standard Visitor Visa, also sometimes referred to as a Visit Visa.
Spouse visas are for persons intending to join their partner who from abroad, including Spouses, Civil Partners and Unmarried Partners who are either British Citizens, Settled persons, persons with Humanitarian Protection, persons with limited leave under Appendix EU and Workers and Business persons under Appendix ECAA Extension of Stay.
Fiancee Visas are for persons who intend to enter the UK and get married or enter into a Civil partnership within six months.
Applications for Fiancee Visas must be made from outside the UK.
Adult Dependant Visas are for persons who need long term care from close relatives in the UK such as a son, daughter, parent or grandchild who are British citizens, Settled Persons or persons with Humanitarian protection.
Human Rights Immigration applications are based on Article 8 of the European Convention for Human Rights and the Immigration Rules.
These applications are generally based on a recognition of the rights of people to a Private and Family Life.
EEA, EU and Swiss nationals and their family members who are eligible may apply to the EU Settlement Scheme.
British citizenship brings with it many benefits and demonstrates a commitment to the UK.
Long Residence applications can be made by persons who have remained in the UK lawfully for at least 10 years and who satisfy other criteria set out in the Immigration Rules.
The Right of Abode is for British citizens and certain Commonwealth nationals who may prefer to obtain evidence of their citizenship without necessarily have to hold a British Passport.
Ancestry Visas are for citizens of the Commonwealth who do not have a claim to British citizenship but who have at least one grandparent who was born in the UK.
A person who has lost his or her partner due to death may be eligible to apply for Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR).
Partners who entered the UK as Spouses, Civil Partners, Unmarried Partners, Persons with Refugee Leave and Persons with leave under EU Settlement Scheme may be eligible to apply for Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) if they have been the subject of domestic abuse and their relationships have broken down as a result.
Student Visas replaced Tier 4 (General) Migrant visas which was the previous Immigration category for students aged 16 or over.
Child Student Visas have replaced Tier 4 (Child) Student visas and students aged between 4 to 17 may apply for this visa if they intend to study at an Independent school in the UK.
Parents who have a child in the UK may want to accompany that child in the UK to care for that child or simply because they do not want that child to stay in a boarding house.
The Graduate Route was opened on 1st July 2021. This Immigration category is for persons who have completed a Bachelor, Masters or a Doctorate degree in the UK.
Applications for visas and other types of applications can be refused. In certain cases these application will carried a right of appeal, in other instances challenge to the decision can only be brought by way of an Administrative Review Application or by a Judicial Review Application.
This page will give you up to date information in relation to our pricing structure and timescales for our Immigration services.
The Court of Appeal has ruled that a judge had been entitled to quash a refusal by the Passport Office to accept a mother’s applications for British passports for her children. The case involved the Secretary of State for the Home Department v GA. The mother and children were British citizens who lived in “Country